RECORDING OF MLK’S “I HAVE A DREAM” SPEECH FOUND
It had been rumored for decades that Martin Luther King Jr. had delivered his famous speech before the historic march on Washington. The 55 minutes speech had been delivered on November 27, 1962 at Booker T. Washington High School in Rocky Mount, NC, but no recording was known to exist.
Last year it was discovered at a Rocky Mt., NC library in a box labeled MLK Please Do Not Erase in pencil. But the staff at the Braswell Memorial Library had no equipment to play it. The tape was transformed to digital format and it has now been confirmed that King gave a Rocky Mt. audience of about 2,000 the first version of his now famous “I have a dream” speech that was delivered in Washington D.C. nine months later on August 28, 1963
Although some of the words were slightly different, the meaning was the same. Those to first hear the recordings were at least three people that had been in attendance at the original event. Click below to listen to the story and the speech.